Peter Galloway #4 by Randy McCharles

My brother Randy switched genres from Fantasy to Murder Mystery.

I just finished the 4th novel in his Peter Galloway, Private Investigator, series:

Murder on the Mall (short story)

  1. Murder in Wood Buffalo
  2. The Christmas Carol Murders
  3. Murder in Mazatlan

The Bridal Veil Murders

Book 4 is set in Niagara Falls.

Peter Galloway’s search for his mother’s killer takes him to scenic Niagara Falls, where he and Angela Ford pose as an engaged couple at an international bridal fair.

Things go from bad to worse when they discover murder at the fair, along with clues suggesting a runaway teen may be next.

Galloway and Ford find themselves pitting their wits against a gang of ruthless drug traffickers, only to discover the criminals are more than meets the eye.

DJI OM 4 gimbal

I’m again trying a DJI gimbal, this time because I really like the magnetic phone clamp. My goal is to produce smooth, stabilized video. No more shaky hand held clips.

As I travel solo most of the time, with the OM 4 you can take a photo or start/stop video with a hand gesture. Very convenient.

Click PLAY or see highlights on YouTube.


  • 3-axis motorized gimbal
  • Weight: 390 g (gimbal)
  • Battery Life: 15 hours (Under ideal conditions)
  • Charging Time: 2.5 hrs (Measured with a 10W charger)
  • cost about US $150 or CAD $200

Click PLAY or watch my first video edit using the Om 4 on YouTube.


expert travel videographers

Trying to improve my own meagre skills, I’ve been studying the best in 2020.

So far my favourite is  Aussie Benn TK (Benn Tkalcevic).

Click PLAY or watch adventures in Australia on YouTube.

Here’s Benn TK in Hong Kong.

A 6min video took him over a month to edit.  11 hours to render out. Over 300 sound effects.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin

In a House of Lies (2018) is the 22nd instalment in the Inspector Rebus series written by Ian Rankin.

Some boys discover a car in a deep gully in some woodland. Inside is a handcuffed corpse; the ex-lover of the dead man was the son of a serving detective inspector in what was the old Lothian & Borders Police Force of Rebus’ day before it became Police Scotland. As ever, Rebus and also ‘Big Ger’ Cafferty, are connected to the case and end up featuring prominently in the investigation, in which Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is also a major player.

Barry Forshaw, writing in The Guardian:

 “How has Rankin kept the series fresh for 22 novels? Deft characterisation.

Readers must keep up with a lengthy dramatis personae, but there’s nothing wrong with making us work a little.”

Censorship by flood of misinformation

Back in the 1990s I was completely convinced that Google and the internet would make the world a much better place.

If people had more information, they’d be able to make better decisions.

It turned out to be mixed. Smart people make better decisions.

But many are overwhelmed, disinterested and easily confused.

Trunk Music by Michael Connelly

As always, an excellent read.

Trunk Music is the 6th novel by American crime author Michael Connellyand the fifth featuring the Los Angeles detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch.

A body found in the trunk of a Rolls Royce seems to have connections with the mob and leads Bosch and his investigation to Las Vegas. …

I keep track of Bosch books by his daughter’s age.  This is the book where he marries Eleanor Wish, the mother to be of his daughter.





“All Lives Matter” is denial of systematic racism

When your All-Lives-Matter friend has a birthday, be sure to message:

“All Birthdays Matter”. 😀

According to professor of critical race theory, David Theo Goldberg, “All Lives Matter” reflects a view of “racial dismissal, ignoring, and denial”.

Philosopher Chris Lebron describes “All Lives Matter” as a “disingenuous retort” that misunderstands the problem raised by Black Lives Matter proponents.

On Real Time with Bill MaherBill Maher expressed support for use of the “Black Lives Matter” phrase, stating that “‘All Lives Matter’ implies that all lives are equally at risk, and they’re not”. …

trusted News sites

Sites trusted by WikiTribune include

Reuters, Associated Press, BBC News

New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Axios, Quartz, BuzzFeed Investigations, New Yorker, Guardian, Politico, Bloomberg, Nature

I like Economist, BBC, Guardian, Axios and Politico best. CBC is pretty good too.

don’t be a #FakeNews victim

The Ridge by Michael Koryta

A classic ghost story, penned by a master. I couldn’t put it down.

– Stephen King
Many of the top writers working today admire Koryta.
The Ridge is one of his best books.

In an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky, on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge, stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods. One day its builder is found dead at the top of the light, and his belongings reveal a troubling local history.

For deputy sheriff Kevin Kimble, the lighthouse-keeper’s death is disturbing and personal. Years ago, Kimble was shot while on duty. Somehow the death suggests a connection between the lighthouse and the most terrifying moment of his life.

Audrey Clark is in the midst of moving her large-cat sanctuary onto land adjacent to the lighthouse. Sixty-seven tigers, lions, leopards, and one legendary black panther are about to have a new home there. Her husband, the sanctuary’s founder, died scouting the new property, and Audrey is determined to see his vision through.


First video with my new Sony ZV-1

The Sony ZV-1 is their much hyped new vlogging camera.

I plan to experiment with all the many, confusing features over the winter.

Base price is about CAD $1000.  Adding the Vlogger Kit, extra batteries, 128 GB memory card, tax, etc … I paid something close to CAD $1500.

Click PLAY or watch my first ZV-1 edit on YouTube.

Compare that against a similar video I put together using iPhone X video.

The main difference I see is that the ZV-1 focus blurs the background while iPhone tries to keep everything in focus.